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XJTAG now available with a free Layout Viewer

Mar 16, 2011

The XJTAG Layout Viewer has been designed to improve productivity by allowing engineers to quickly visualise the exact location of faults.

The XJTAG Layout Viewer has been designed to improve productivity by allowing engineers to quickly visualise the exact location of faults.

XJTAG today announced the release of XJTAG version 2.5, which now includes a free layout viewer. The XJTAG Layout Viewer has been designed to improve productivity by allowing engineers to quickly visualise the exact location of faults.

XJTAG Layout Viewer works in conjunction with XJDeveloper and XJRunner. XJDeveloper allows engineers to quickly and easily set up and run tests on a circuit and create and customise tests to their requirements. XJRunner is a specialised run-time environment for testing, includes a range of special features and is particularly aimed at engineers for the purpose of debugging, testing and repair work.

"Layout Viewer is an excellent addition to the XJTAG Development System," commented Simon Payne CEO, XJTAG. "By providing this feature as a standard component, rather than an expensive add-on, XJTAG can provide engineers with a cost effective way to quickly and easily identify likely points of failure on their boards and help improve productivity."

If a board fails a XJTAG connection test, XJRunner tells the engineer the type of fault it has found and which nets are faulty. It now also provides clickable links to show the location of these nets and the most likely positions of the physical fault on the board.

In addition, Layout Viewer can show the distance between objects and provides control over which layers are visible. This makes it easy to see specific items on a board. Engineers can use the zoom tool to view relevant information and can choose to print the graphics or export them to the clipboard or a file.

The Layout Viewer provides a welcome addition for XJTAG users. It helps to shorten and simplify the design/debug process because engineers can immediately visualise a fault in a board, without needing to open additional software or having to go back to the board designer for assistance.

If you would like to take a 30-day free trial of the XJTAG Development System and see how you might significantly reduce test-development and debugging time, visit http://www.xjtag.com.


XJTAG is a leading global supplier of boundary scan development systems compliant with IEEE 1149 standards. XJTAG allows hardware development and manufacturing processes to be shortened significantly, through early development of re-useable tests. XJTAG development systems enable rapid hardware debug and test of both JTAG and non-JTAG (cluster) devices, such as SDRAMs, Ethernet controllers, video interfaces, Flash memories, FPGAs and microprocessors. XJTAG also enables In-System Programming of FPGAs, CPLDs and Flash memories.

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